Mississippi Power’s storm team deployed Tuesday morning to begin helping Georgia Power restore electric service to nearly 900,000 customers in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The North team will work in Hawkinsville, Ga., and the South team in Dublin, Ga., restoring service to about 17,000 Georgia Power customers in those two communities.
“We’re ready to go,” said storm team leader Ken Richardson, the Meridian Distribution manager. “We have a short drive this morning to get to those locations then we’ll get to work to bring the lights back safely and quickly.”
The crew was up at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast and a safety briefing at the Macon Convention Center before heading out to begin damage assessments and the hard work of getting the power back to as many customers as safely and quickly as possible.
The team of 72 line crew and 22 support personnel arrived in Macon Sunday evening with employees from the Coast, Pine Belt and Meridian divisions staged at the Macon Centreplex and Convention Center.
The weakened storm still packed a punch when it passed through Macon as a Tropical Storm on Monday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and sustained winds of 40 mph with gusts of 60 mph.
Georgia Power had about 925,000 customers out Monday night but service was restored to about 100,000 by Tuesday morning.
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